Chicago officials say O’Hare’s massive $8.5 billion expansion project is moving ahead. But bleak outlook for air travel could force it to scale back

Chicago officials say O'Hare's massive $8.5 billion expansion project is moving ahead. But bleak outlook for air travel could force it to scale back

CHICAGO — Chicago’s aviation department insists the coronavirus pandemic won’t curtail its $8.5 billion expansion plan for O’Hare International Airport, but there are growing signs the city will have no choice but to reconsider the project’s scope and timing.The city is counting on the airlines to help fund the expansion. But with flights canceled, jets grounded and passenger traffic plummeting because of the coronavirus, the airlines face their most severe economic crisis since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.Travel restrictions and passenger concerns have brought flying to a near halt,…

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